East Jerusalem

On Wednesday, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the international community to recognize East Jerusalem as the “capital of Palestine”.

“I invite the countries that defend the international law and justice to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine”, revealed the head of the Turkish state in the opening of an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul.

At this meeting, devoted to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Erdogan, a fierce defender of the Palestinian cause, described Israel as a “state of occupation” and a “terrorist state”.

The American measure has prompted demonstrations in several Middle Eastern countries and violence in the Palestinian territories and Jerusalem.

Four Palestinians have been killed and hundreds have been injured since Thursday.

Trump “offered Jerusalem a gift to the Zionist movement as if one of the American cities had given it”, Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech held in the opening of the summit.

Therefore, “we do not accept any role of the United States” in the peace process, the Palestinian president continued.

“Jerusalem is and will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian state and there will be no peace or stability without it”, added Abbas.

At the summit organized in Istanbul, Erdogan hopes to reunite Muslims countries and provide a firm response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”, added Abbas.